Category: Musing

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Hate Watching

I didn't watch the Emmys last night (in fact, I didn't know they were on). But the morning after Hollywood award shows is always an interesting time on Christian social media. One of the most reliable tropes in evangelical "cultural engagement" is the blog or Facebook post about how godless showbiz is, and how the…

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MusingPoliticsTheology

Racism and the Reformed Church

I would urge you this weekend to find, or make, 50 minutes to listen to Duke Kwon's address on racism and the Christian church. Andrew Wilson flagged it on his blog and called it the best message he's heard all year. That's not hyperbole. This is a powerful, uncomfortable, thoroughly Christian sermon on the history…

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CultureLifeMusing

Why I Gave Up Being a Movie Critic

At one time in my life I had very serious aspirations to sit for hours at a time in a movie theater, watch films, write about them, and make money (or at least, break even!). I no longer have those desires. I still love movies, and am rarely happier than in a cinema. And I…

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CultureLifeMusing

Tweet-less

Since deactivating my Twitter account two weeks ago, the following reflections have come to me: If there were any question before that my relationship with Twitter was addictive, now that it's gone, I have zero doubt. It seems to me that sometimes you can't tell how hooked you are until you're off the hook. I…

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LifeMusingTheology

No Divination Against Israel

When Balak the king of Moab sees the victory of the Israelites against the Amorites, he calls for one of his oracles, Balaam (Numbers 22-24). "Curse this people for me, " he says, "since they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them from the land, for…

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A Modesty Proposal

Here's how to end once and for all the evangelical "modesty war" Get the Right side of the debate to admit that women aren't inherent stumbling blocks and that sexual purity is not the greatest good. In response, the Left side of the debate acknowledges that the Bible has the right to command how we…

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CultureMusingTheology

Does Conservative Theology Empower Abuse?

Here are three things that I believe are true and that are important for honest people to admit: It is a moral travesty when religious people or organizations use their beliefs, influence, or infrastructure to hurt, control, or manipulate other people. Theologically conservative organizations have been guilty of doing this, many times, often with disastrous,…

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LifeMusing

My Father’s Best Gift

My father's best gift to me was his obscurity. In the 20+ years in which he pastored churches and his children grew up, he never published anything other than a newsletter article, spoke anywhere other than a church pulpit, or was known by anyone other than those who had met him or us. Whatever the…

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BooksCultureLifeMusing

Some Advice for Writers

Recently a few friends of mine have asked me about writing, and for some perspective and/or advice on how to get started doing it seriously. I've given the same advice enough times that I figured it might be helpful to put what I most frequently say here as a kind of reference. As always, none…

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educationMusingPolitics

What Graduation Means

Last spring spent about four hours of a┬áMonday night at a college graduation. My wife was being awarded her degree in elementary education, and she was joined by (according to the college president) 995 other undergraduates. Graduates were welcomed, inducted, charged, presented, and awarded, in that order. The night was long; speeches repeated, processionals and…

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